TUNES

Welcome to Tunes From Doolin !

The tunes you will find on this website are a collection of Irish Traditional Music tunes I have learned over the years in Doolin, from various sessions, friends and some recordings too.

All the tunes are written in ABC format and come in sheet music format as well. I am also hoping to be able to record as many tunes as possible in the near future and to post them here as well as on the YouTube channel (feel free to subscribe to the channel here!).

The tunes are divided into 4 main categories :

  • ReelsThe most common type of tunes, especially here in Co. Clare.
  • JigsThis category regroups Jigs, Slip Jigs, Hop Jigs, etc.
  • HornpipesAnother common type of dance tunes here in County Clare.
  • Other Tunes : A collection of different types of tunes including Barndances, Slides, Polkas, Marches, Setdances, etc.

Recent posts

Miss Galvin's (Hornpipe) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Miss Galvin’s

I learned “Miss Galvin’s Hornpipe” through various sessions, it is usually played after “Poll Ha’Penny” around Doolin, as Mary Bergin recorded them on her legendary album “Feadóga Stáin”. “Miss Galvin’s” is associated with Ellen Galvin, a fiddle and concertina player from West Clare.

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The New Mown Meadow (Reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

New Mown Meadow (The)

I learned “The New Mown Meadow” from the playing of Terry Bingham. It is a great reel that suits C#/D accordion players very well in particular and it is also quite common to hear this tune in A minor.

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The Sligo Maid (Reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Sligo Maid (The)

The Sligo Maid is one of the most common reel in Irish traditional music. I associate this tune with two musicians in the area : Seán Vaughan, the great box player from Kilmaley, and Christy Barry, whistle and flute player from Ennistymon.

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The Plough And the Stars (Reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Plough And The Stars (The)

The Plough And The Stars is a reel I have learned through various sessions in the area. I also associate it with the playing of Murty Ryan, who recorded it on his duet album with Siobhan Peoples “Time On Our Hands”.

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The Boys of Ballinahinch (Reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Boys of Ballinahinch (The)

I learned The Boys of Ballinahinch (also known as “The Strawberry Blossom”) from the Hugh Healy and Blackie O’Connell’s duet album “We Were Drinking And Kissing The Ladies”.

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The Maid on the Green (Jig) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Maid on the Green (The)

I associate “The Maid on the Green” with whistle and flute player Christy Barry from Ennistymon and also the legendary Chris Droney from Bell Harbour.

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Random Tunes

Further, The Deeper (The)

I learned “The Further, The Deeper” from the beautiful recording “… Born For Sport” by Paul O’Shaugnessy & Harry Bradley. It was also recorded by Edel Fox and Neil Byrne under the name “Drive The Cows Home”.

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Goat On The Green (The)

“The Goat On The Green” is the first tune I ever learned on the concertina. It comes from Terry Bingham’s album, as part of a set called “Charlie Harris'”. It is not a very common session tune but you hear it every now and then. It also goes by the name “The Frog In The Well”.

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Con Carthy’s Favourite

A great slide that I first heard from my friends Tom Delany and Caroline Keane with their band FourWinds. Shortly after they recorded it, I went down to Dingle and got Brendan Begley’s very first album (a gem) and also Jackie Daly & Matt Cranitch’s latest album, and “Con Carthy’s Favourite” featured on both CDs, so I figured I had to learn it !

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